Kong, Deborah

Deborah Kong is communications director at Preschool California, a statewide nonprofit organization working to increase high-quality early learning opportunities for all of California’s children, starting with those who need it most.

Transitional Kindergarten: Preparing California’s Children to Succeed

By Deborah Kong
Preschool California

As schools across California gear up to offer transitional kindergarten  – the first new grade introduced in state schools since 1891, when kindergarten began in the Golden State – educators and policymakers from across the state gathered at a statewide summit recently to talk about getting transitional kindergarten classrooms up and running next fall.

Transitional kindergarten, the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for children born between September and December, is an exciting new opportunity to help better prepare our children for kindergarten and beyond. Transitional kindergarten was created by the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, which also changed the kindergarten entry date from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1, so children enter kindergarten at age 5.